Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #34

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

19196719Revival by Stephen King

Summary from Goodreads:

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price…

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

My Notes:

I've been in a Stephen King mood so I'm planning on renting this soon.

Waiting on Wednesday # 34

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Release Date: June 2nd, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

My Notes:

This sounds so creepy and I cannot wait to read it. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 #37

1. Read all the the unread books on my shelves. I've been slowly working my way through them, already reading another one right now. No picture because that would be depressing.
2. Read more adult fantasy. I have the first three Mistborn books calling to me.
3. Read more Classics. I've been slacking. Moby Dick has been sitting untouched for a while now.
4. Read/Review the ARCs on my Kindle.
5. Finish some series.
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6. Schedule my posts/write reviews ahead of time.
7. Purge. I have way too many books.
8. Buy more books without any guilt.

Review: Danergous Boys by Abigail Haas

Summary from Goodreads:

It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding. The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder ...? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces ...

My Review:

I recieved the UK paperback from Christmas and started reading it that day (it took me a while because of new video games, lol). I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen.

I love how her books keep you guessing all the way until the end, and I had a hard time guessing what would happen by the end of the book. So, I was knocked over by the ending, just like Dangerous Girls.

The plot and her writing style kept me engaged until the end, and now I know not to get attached or like certain character because you never know who the real bad guy is. And yet I still liked the bad person once again, lol.

I recommend checking out her two novels, they are both amazing, and I cannot wait until her next one.

My Rating: 

Five Stars Out of Five

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #34

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.

The Books I Read Last Week:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (4 Stars)
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (4 Stars)
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (5 Stars)


Total number of Pages I've read Last week: 1,106

What I Want to Read Next:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #34


Dangerous Girls: Review
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley: Review
Landline: Review
Red Rising: Review
Snow Like Ashes: Review
Prisoner of Night and Fog: Review

Christmas Book Gifts:

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
The Well of Ascension (#2) by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages (#3) by Brandon Sanderson

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For Review:

Nonbook Related Gifts:

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Taylor Swift: 1989
Boy Meets World Season Four and Five
Batman Arkham Origins
Gilmore Girls Complete Series - Used Gift Cards
Game of Thrones Telltale Game Season Pass
Jurassic Park Telltale Season Pass
Tales from the Borderlands Telltale Season Pass

Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Summary from Goodreads:

Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.

Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.

Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn't just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it's more shocking than you could ever imagine..

My Review:

I picked up this debut novel on my trip to London mainly for the epic cover (so much better than the American one) and the good reviews. I'm happy that I picked this book, and also grabbed the second on of hers. :)

At first Haas's style of writing was hard to follow because she changes time lines, going from the present to the past in different chapters. But as the book went on I liked that style because it helped put the pieces together.

I connected with the main character, and the side characters were great as well, and it was fun trying to figure out who killed Elise.

The ending shocked me, and made me rethink a lot of things.

I recommend this book to any thriller fans, it had me reading until the very end.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out Of Five.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson.

Summary from Goodreads:

Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

A partly graphic novel.

Release Date: January 20th, 2015.

My Review:

I picked up this ARC randomly because of the cover/title, and it pleasantly surprised me how much I enjoyed it. However, if you want a fluffy book this is not it, I nearly cried during the entire thing.

The plot was pretty unique, at least for me, where the main character has been living in the hospital for years. I doubt anyone could get away with that but it was interesting.

I  loved the main character and what he goes through in the book (and the flashbacks) nearly broke my heart, and you don't find out what happened until the end. Plus the added graphic novel part was a nice addition to the story.

And the side characters really helped me love this book, and how they connected to the main character.

I recommend checking out this novel if you enjoy contemporary and sad novels. 

My Ratings: 

Four Stars Out of Five

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Summary from Goodreads:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble;it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

My Review:

I was not a huge fan Attachments (and feel like the only one, lol), however, I adored this book. It was a quick read and I finish it had been a lot longer than 300 pages.

I have not read a lot of adult contemporary fiction (but that may change now) but thanks of Kinsella I'm dipping my toes into this genre. It was interesting to read from Georgie's POV as she looks back at her marriage and her wondering if she did the right things in her life. Plus the twist with the phone call to the past was well integrated into the story. And the fact that Georgie is a sitcom writer was so fun to read.

I recommend checking out this book if you enjoy Rainbow's writing style and amazing plots.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday # 33

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Release Date: May 5th, 2015.

Summary from Goodreads:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

My Notes:
I want this so much I plan on preordering it. :)

Wishlist Wednesday #33

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

The Mime Order (#2) by Samantha Shannon.

Release Date: January 27th, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

My Notes:

I have the netgalley ebook and can't wait to find out what happens next.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Summary from Goodreads:

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

My Review:

This epic science-fiction/fantasy novel as been on my TBR for ages and I'm glad that I finally read it. The fact that grabbed the second novel from netgalley helped push me to pick up the first one.

Darrow has to be one my favorite male main characters of this whole year! (and that is up against Harry Dresden!) Plus the side characters really added something to the novel, Eo, Mustang, and Servo were my favorites. I also loved the plot and the world building that Brown did, he made you feel for the Reds and hate the Golds.

It would have been five stars but the setting stayed the same during 200 or so pages of the book and I felt like more could have happened. I hope the second one has more plot development because I want to see some revenage!

I recommend picking up this book if you like interesting plots and awesome characters.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year #36

1. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas. Pretty sure this one is going to happen. :)
Dangerous Boys
2.  Well of Ascension (#2) and Hero of Ages (#3) my grandparents picked them up for me in London.
3. My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins. Missed out on grabbed the UK edition.:(

4. In a Handful of Dust (#2) by Mindy McGinnis. I have the first one and I just know I will love this series.

5. The Gilmore Girls Companion by A.S Berman. I'm rewatching this show right now and love it even more the second time. :) Sadly it is $30.

6. Deadly Class Volume 1 by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator). This looks like an amazing graphic novel.

7. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrations). Just like everyone else I'm loving this series.

8. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona (Artist). I've read the first issue and now need to get my hands on the full volume.

9.  The Duff by Kody Keplinger. I saw the trailer and it made me remember I need to read this book!


10. The Rosie Effect (#2) by Graeme Simsion. I loved the first one and can't wait to read the next one.